Music - Instrumental Performance Option, B.M.
Bachelor of Music Degree Requirements
Music – Instrumental Performance Option
Admission into the Bachelor of Music – Instrumental Performance Option is contingent upon the following:
- Complete all coursework in the Pre-Music Major
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.67
- Pass Jury I on primary instrument
1. Major Requirements (81 units)
Pre-Music Major Requirements (22 units)
MUSIC 1A, MUSIC 1B, MUSIC 1C, MUSIC 1D, MUSIC 40, MUSIC 41, MUSIC 42, MUSIC 43 (16 units)
MUSIC 4A, MUSIC 4B, MUSIC 4C (6 units) (see note 2)
Music Core Requirements (23 units)
MUSIC 58, MUSIC 161A, MUSIC 161B, MUSIC 171A and MUSIC 170B (14 units)
MUSIC 198 Senior Recital (1 unit) (see note 13)
Four semesters in MUSIC 31– MUSIC 39 appropriate to declared performing medium (see note 8) (3, 4, 6, 8,) (4 units)
Four semesters in MUSIC 103 Ensemble appropriate to declared performing medium (see note 4, 14) (4 units)
Instrumental Performance Option Requirements (36 units)
Four semesters in MUSIC 31P - MUSIC 38P appropriate to declared performing medium (see note 3, 8,10, 12) (4 units)
MUSIC 47 (2 units)
MUSIC 144 (3 units)
MUSIC 166 & MUSIC 167 (4 units) [Piano, Organ only]; or MUSIC 175T & MUSIC 176T (4 units) [Brass, Harp, Percussion, Woodwinds only]; or MUSIC 175T & MUSIC 111 or MUSIC 112 (4 units) [Guitarists only]
MUSIC 131 - MUSIC138 (until completion of Senior Recital) (see notes 3, 8, 10, 12, 14) (6 units)
Four semesters in MUSIC 103 Ensemble appropriate to declared performing medium (see notes 4, 14) (4 units)
MUSIC 102, MUSIC 117, or MUSIC 118 Ensemble appropriate to declared performing medium (four semesters) (4 units)
Music Electives (4 units)
MUSIC 197 Junior Recital (1 unit) (see note 12)
MUSIC 198 Senior Recital (1 unit) (see note 13) [sr recital for performance is 2 units]
ENTR 81E (3 units)
Additional Requirements (0 units)
Music 20 – Convocation (8 semesters) (0 units)
Music 30MC – Master Class appropriate to instrument (8 semesters) (0 units) (see note 6)
2. General Education Requirements (49 units)
Note: Music Majors are exempt for 9 units from GE Area C1, C3, and IC. (see note 7)
3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Note: MUSIC 171A will count towards the M/I Requirement
4. Other Departmental and Instrumental Performance Option Requirements must also be passed to complete the degree.
5. Total (124 units)
Other Departmental Requirements
- Students intending to pursue the B.M. degree must take a theory and ear training proficiency examination after completion of Music 1D and 43. Students must pass this exam before being allowed to register for the Senior Recital (Music 198).
- Students majoring in music must enroll in a piano class (4A, 4B, and 4C) until the departmental piano proficiency examination has been passed. Piano music majors must enroll in Music 14 and 114 in lieu of 4A, 4B, 4C and the piano proficiency examination. (See Department of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook for details.)
- Students in Music 31/31E/31J/31P – 39/39E/39J/39P will perform in student recitals as assigned by their instructor.
- Students in Music 31/31E/31J/31P – 39/39E/39J/39P are required to concurrently enroll in an appropriate ensemble. Brass, Percussion, and Wind students: 103SB, 103SO, or 103WO; String students: 103SO; Voice students: 103CC; Jazz Students: 103JO
- Music students must earn a grade of C or better in each course used to satisfy the requirements of the major, including the Pre-Major. No course taken for the music major can be graded on a CR/NC basis except for courses with mandatory CR/NC grading.
- Students in Music 31/31E/31J/31P – 39/39E/39J/39P, and 131/131J – 139/139J are required to concurrently enroll in the appropriate master class (Music 30MC/30VW/30JF) for their instrument/voice.
- The university General Education requirement is 49 units. Students majoring in the
Bachelors of Music or Bachelors of Music Education take 40 units of General Education,
with 9 units waived. These 9 units are from Areas C1, C3, and IC. The requirements
for these areas are covered in required coursework for the major.
Other Instrumental Performance Option Requirements
- Upon conclusion of the second semester of Music 31P - 38P, freshmen must attempt Jury I in their primary instrument before being admitted to the Instrumental Performance major. Transfer students typically attempt Jury I in their first semester. Students are allowed two attempts, taken in consecutive semesters, to pass Jury I.
- Students must pass the piano proficiency examination, Music 1B, and Music 41 before attempting Jury II.
- Upon conclusion of the fourth semester of Music 31P - 38P, sophomores will typically attempt Jury II. Transfer students will typically attempt Jury II in their second semester of study. Students are allowed two attempts, taken in consecutive semesters, to pass Jury II. Failure to pass a second attempt will result in the student being dropped from the Instrumental Performance major but may continue as a Bachelor of Arts major.
- Jury II must be passed before students are allowed to enroll in upper division lessons.
- Beginning the first semester of Music 131 – 138, Instrumental Performance students will begin preparation of the Junior Recital (Music 197). Failure to pass the Junior Recital will result in the student being dropped from the Instrumental Performance major but may continue as a Bachelor of Arts major.
- Instrumental Performance students will typically perform a Senior recital at the end of their fourth semester of Music 131 - 138.
- Ensemble & Lesson requirement:
- Students enrolled in Music 131 – 138 are required to concurrently enroll in an appropriate ensemble through the senior recital. Brass, Percussion, and Wind students: 103SB, 103SO, or 103WO; String students: 103SO.
- Guitar, harp, and piano students will fulfill 50 percent of this requirement by enrolling in Guitar Ensemble, Keyboard Ensemble, or other approved Music 102, 117, or 118 ensembles. The remaining 50 percent must be fulfilled by enrolling in either 103SO, 103WO, 103SB, 103JO, or 103CC.
The Department of Music faculty has backgrounds in varied areas of specialization. Many members of the faculty have national and international reputations as performing artists and teachers. Others are well known for their scholarly research, articles, and books. They are all dedicated to providing students with the best music education possible both in their classes and studios.
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